Hebrew at Temple

As a Reform congregation, we do use a bit of Hebrew in our services and in our daily life.  Below are common Hebrew you might hear.


Transliteration Meaning Hebrew Usage
Shalom or Shalom lekha Peace.
Peace to you.
שָׁלוֹם לְךָ
As a common greeting equivalent to “hello” or “goodbye”
“Good day”
Shalom aleikhem Peace to you. שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם As a common greeting equivalent to “hello” or “goodbye”
“Good day”
Shabbat shalom  Good Sabbath שַׁבַּת שָׁלוֹם The greeting made on the Sabbath.  Some may also say “Good Shabbos” or ‘Gut Shabbos” (Yiddish)
Chag same’ah Joyous holiday חַג שָׂמֵחַ Used for any holiday occasion
L’Shanah tovah or Shanah tovah To a good year לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה Greetings around Rosh Hashanah
Mazel tov Good Luck or Congratulations מַזָּל טוֹב For joyous occasions, especially childbirth, betrothal, wedding, bar-mitzvah, etc.…

Hebrew during prayers:




Our Fathers
Man אָדָם
Ahava Love אַהֲבָה 
Or Light אוֹר
Ehad One אֶחָד
 Ein There is Not אֵין
Imru Let Us Say אִמְרוּ
Emet Truth אֱמֶת
Eretz Land/Country אֶרֶץ
 Asher  That/Which/Who אֲשֶׁר
 Atah You אַתָה
 Beit House בֵּית
 Ben Son בֶּן
B’nai Children/People בְּנֵי
Barukh Blessed בָּרוּך
 Gadol Big/Great  גָדוֹל
 Dor  Generation  דוֹר
 Hu He הוּא
 Vaed Forever וָעֶד
 Z’man Time זְמַן
 Hayim  Life חַיִים
 Hesed Kindness חֶסֶד
 Tov Good טוֹב
 Y’hee May It Be יְהִי
 Yom Day יוֹם
Kavod Honor/Respect כָּבוֹד
 Kee Because/Since כִּי
 Kamokha Like You כָּמוֹךָ
 Kein Yes כֵּן
 Katuv Written כָּתוּב
Lo  No לֹא
 L’maan  For the Sake of  לְמַעַן
 L’fanekha  Before You לְפָנֶיךָ
 Magen  Shield מָגֵן
Mah  What  מַה
 M’hayeh Gives Life מְחַיֵה
Mee Who מִי
 Mayim Water  מַיִם
 Melekh King  מֶלֶךְ
 Norah Awesome נוֹרָא
 Olam  World/Eternity עוֹלָם
 Am People עַם
 Oseh  Make עוֹשֶׂה
 Kadosh  Holy  קָדוֹשׁ
 Kol  Voice קוֹל
 Rahamim  Mercy רַחֲמִים
 Ratzon  Will רָצוֹן
 Shemo  His Name שְׁמוֹ
 Shamayim  Heavens שָׁמַים
 Tamid  Always תָמִיד